Fluoropolymers are high-performance polymers that occupy a diverse range of end-use applications, many of which cannot be satisfied by any other materials. Typical uses for fluoropolymers include electrical insulation, chemically resistant coatings, bearings, non-stick surfaces, O-rings, gaskets, seals, and linings for containers, pipes and hoses. These applications depend on one or more of the unique features displayed by the fluoropolymers. The increasing use of fluoropolymers in such dynamic industries as wire and cable insulation, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas recovery and semiconductor manufacture has led to significant material developments and trends in the last few years. New fluoropolymers have been introduced to the market (amorphous fluoroplastics, modified PTFE, low-temperature fluoroelastomers and amine-resistant fluoroelastomers) expanding the already broad slate of applications.
This Industry Analysis Report gives an overview of the fluoropolymer industry. The major commercial fluoropolymers are considered in turn with discussion of aspects of material performance, applications and markets. This is accompanied by discussion of the many and varied end-use markets for fluoropolymers. Estimates are provided for production figures and trends, and the analysis describes the major trends in end use. The latest technologies are identified as are the major suppliers of these materials.
Profiles of the major fluoropolymer suppliers are also included.Key Features
- Description of the properties, attributes and limitations of the major fluoropolymer resins
- Discussion of the many different types of end-use markets for fluoropolymers
- Analysis and estimation of the fluoropolymer industry production figures and trends
- Identification and profiles of the major suppliers of fluoropolymers.
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3.2 Consumption and Growth Statistics
3.3 Fluoroplastics by Type PTFE, FEP, PVDF, ETFE, PFA, MFA, PVF, ECTFE, PCTFE, THV, Amorphous Fluoroplastics
3.4 Application Areas for Fluoroplastics
Chemical Processing, Semiconductor Manufacture, Wire and Cable, Coatings and Surface Treatments, Automotive/Transportation, Electrical/Electronic, Architectural, Mechanical, Medical, Aviation/Aerospace, Other Applications
3.5 Latest Fluoroplastic Developments
3.6 Health and Safety Considerations with Fluoroplastics
3.7 Fluoroplastic Company Profiles
4.2 Consumption and Growth Statistics
4.3 Fluoroelastomers by Type VDF-HFP, VDF-HFP-TFE, VDF-PMVE-TFE, TFE-P, E-TFE-PMVE, TFE-VDF-HPFP, TFE-VDF-HFP-E, TFE-PMVE Perfluoroelastomers, VDF-CTFE Fluoroelastomers, Fluoroelastomer-Acrylic Alloys, Fluorinated
Thermoplastic Elastomers, Liquid Fluoroelastomers, Fluorosilicone Elastomers, Fluorophosphazene Elastomers
4.4 Application Areas for Fluoroelastomers
Automotive Industry, Industrial Applications, Oil and Gas Recovery, Aviation/ Aerospace Industry, Semiconductor Manufacture, Environmental Protection,
4.5 Fluoroelastomer Developments
4.6 Health and Safety Considerations with Fluoroelastomers
4.7 Fluoroelastomer Company Profiles
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Applied Polymer Science from the University of Melbourne, John Scheirs worked as a development chemist for an Exxon-Mobil joint venture in Melbourne. John Scheirs worked as a development chemist for an Exxon-Mobil polymer joint venture in Melbourne. His current affiliation is ExcelPlas Australia, a polymer consulting company. In the past few years he has worked on projects including the durability of fluoropolymers, particularly polyvinylidene fluoride and perfluoropolyethers. John Scheirs is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Institute of Materials and the Royal Australian Chemical Society. He was also a member of the organizing committee for Fluoropolymers 2000, a major ACS meeting on breakthrough technologies and future commercial trends in the fluoropolymer field. He has authored over 50 scientific papers including eight encyclopedia chapters.